Struggling to care for an injured child is one of the toughest tasks that parents face. When the child's injuries were caused by someone else's negligence, or by the use of a defective product--whether a food or a toy, playground equipment or prescription medication, or any of the other products that children encounter every day--the harm to the child is even more difficult to bear. While the injured child can't be spared the pain and emotional trauma, however, in such situations the child and the affected family should not have to bear the financial cost as well.
If your child has suffered a severe injury in the state of Maine, you should discuss the circumstances of that injury with an experienced local personal injury attorney. As the child's guardian, you may be able to pursue compensation on your child's behalf; such compensation should cover the resulting medical bills (for both past and anticipated care), the child's pain and suffering, and more.
Injuries common among children include broken bones, head traumas (which may lead to brain injuries), accidental poisoning, submersion injuries (which may culminate in drowning), burns, and birth injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading cause of death among children in the U.S. are injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents; the second leading cause of death among children 14 and under is drowning. Unfortunately, many traffic accidents are the result of negligence, and in some cases drowning may be related to the negligence of property owners who fail to properly fence in or maintain their pools. Inadequate security may also contribute to injuries caused by assaults on children.
In the tragic cases where negligence or defective products lead to the death of a child, the surviving family members can pursue compensation through a claim of wrongful death. Such claims often prompt the introduction of safety measures that will prevent future similar injuries and death. In the most egregious cases, punitive damages may also be imposed, as both a deterrent measure and a fine on the wrongdoer.
Based in Portland and Bangor, Maine, the law firm of Peter Thompson & Associates represents injury victims throughout the state. In anonymous client surveys our clients have rated our firm 4.9 out of 5 stars, and the Better Business Bureau has given us its highest rating (an A+). For the last 5 years, founding attorney Peter Thompson has been chosen as the "Best Personal Injury Lawyer" in Portland and Bangor.
In all cases that involve injuries to children, or initial consultation is free. Moreover, we don't get paid unless we achieve compensation for our clients. If you are considering seeking compensation for injuries that your child has suffered, please contact us today.
To schedule a consultation regarding a Maine child injury claim, please call Peter Thompson & Associates at 800.804.2004, or fill out and submit our online form.